Source: Philippine EnviroNews - The road to Lima, Peru to prepare the world for a universal climate deal in 2015 may not be easy. With only four months left, rich nations must come up with substantial initial fund pledges to build the trust needed to address the global climate crisis. The Green Climate Fund (GCF) board, which aims to assist developing nations adapt to the changing climate and transform into low carbon economies, said it seeks to raise as much as $15 billion by the end of this year and to soon start disbursing money for climate-related projects.
Source: Sydney Morning Herald - Los Angeles: Five years after a NASA satellite to track carbon dioxide plunged into the ocean after lift-off, the US space agency is launching a carbon copy this time on a different rocket. The $US468 million ($506.36 million) mission is designed to study the main driver of climate change emitted from smokestacks and tailpipes.
Source: National Journal - either Robert Rubin nor Henry Paulson has the look or resume of a climate-change activist. But the bipartisan duo of former Treasury secretaries, who share a Goldman Sachs pedigree, are part of an increasingly prominent effort to fight global warming with financial weapons and arguments.
Source: Mashable - Indonesia now holds the dubious title of the nation with the highest deforestation rate of primary-forest lands, beating out Brazil, which has been the historical leader. This has great significance for Indonesia's greenhouse-gas emissions, since huge stores of planet-warming carbon and methane are contained in tropical forests, as well as biodiversity, given the high concentration of rare and endangered species living there.
Source: Pacific Standard - Climate change is such a wretched foe that it could be worsening the ground-level effects of the very thing that caused it: air pollution. New research reveals that a build-up of greenhouse gases threatens to thicken the clouds of haze that blanket many parts of the world.
Source: The Guardian - Clive Palmer's shock announcement on Wednesday night next to former vice president Al Gore has been very cautiously welcomed by Australia's environment movement. Palmer's announcement effectively leaves Abbott completely isolated on climate policy, both domestically, and as Al Gore's presence demonstrates, internationally as well.
Source: Irish Independent - THE economic cost of sea and river flooding will treble unless climate change is tackled, a European Commission report has warned. The impacts of river flooding will be most pronounced in Ireland and the UK if a business-as-usual model is adopted and global warming isn't tackled.
Source: VOA - Fossils from Californias La Brea Tar Pits keep supplying scientists with excellent material for studying the regions past. Ancient animals, from mammoths to tiny insects, reveal facts about climate changes during the last Ice Age and help scientists understand the modern climate.
Source: AllAfrica.com - As climate change becomes more intense, its impact is more than rising seas and alterations in weather patterns, it is and will become a human rights issue. Climate change is increasing inequality and impacting territorial integrity and security as well as provoking the forced displacement of people and thus seriously affecting the human rights of people all over the world.
Source: Times of India - WASHINGTON: Earlier spring seasons and snow-melt brought about by climate change are causing migratory birds that breed in the Arctic Alaska to breed sooner, says a study.
Source: CleanTechnica - At the time of announcing its performance for the financial year, the UK Green Investment Bank also announced plans to raise £1 billion for a new fund to acquire equity stakes in operational offshore wind projects in the UK. The move is expected to boost the offshore wind sectors rapid growth.
Source: CleanTechnica - The VW bus was thoroughly refinished and refurbished by the Dangerz, a couple who took the bus from scrapyard fodder to a solar-panel equipped, trans-continental adventure-mobile that saw them drive from Alaska to Costa Rica.
Source: RTCC - The US state of Rhode Island has passed a climate change act, outlining how it should cut fossil fuel use and prepare for future extreme weather events. The law stipulates that greenhouse gas emissions should be slashed 45% below 1990 levels by 2035, and 80% below 1990 levels by 2050.
Source: RTCC - It is very likely that an El Niño will take place by the end of the year, the UNs World Meteorological Organisation has said, strengthening scientists predictions that 2014 could be one of the hottest years on record.
Source: RTCC - Carbon capture and storage is a vital but unloved technology, disliked by green groups and unneeded by fossil fuel companies, and will need both to progress. The technology illustrates the equal importance of having influential support and lobbying, as well as a compelling message and market.
Source: Politico - West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin shot a bullet through the cap-and-trade bill, while Rhode Island Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse has delivered 71 floor speeches calling for action on global warming. But even they can come together to find common ground on climate change, the two Democratic senators say.
Source: Eco-Business - Tall enough to fit Changi Airports control tower, and wide enough to house four A380 planes parked wing to wing, the Singapore Sports Hub is an iconic addition to the countrys skyline. Viewed from a distance, the $1.33 billion facility - with its large dome shape and the impressive array of solar panels surrounding it - is not only a visual feast but an architectural feat built with sustainability in mind.
Source: The Guardian - Vital parts of UK infrastructure are being neglected, with potentially severe impacts on national competitiveness and quality of life, according to a new study by engineers. Energy networks, transport, waste and water are all at risk, while flood defences are falling well behind where they need to be.
Source: The Age - Parliamentary debate has started on the coalition government's second attempt to axe the carbon tax, with Labor saying the move is based on 10 "whoppers". Labor's environment spokesman Mark Butler said the government had mounted a "hysterical" and "mendacious" campaign against measures to curb emissions.
Source: The Guardian - "Dont shoot the messenger, so the saying goes. But what if that message warns we might want to rethink that whole fossil fuel burning thing pretty quick because it could seriously alter civilization and the natural world for centuries to come, and not in a good way?